Swimming pool not out of the water: FG Cllr

by Rose Barrett
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Locals say that the Balbriggan swimming pool is long overdue

Following the allocation of €1.35bn announced in capital funding on Monday night by Fingal County Council, Cllr Tom O’Leary (FG) stated the hopes for a swimming pool for Balbriggan was not entirely out of the water yet!

 The LEA councillor for Skerries, Balbriggan & Loughshinny welcomed €570,000 announced for Feasibility and Design Assessment for options on improved access to Barnageeragh Beach.

“I look forward to continuing my work on this project and getting a solution to the long established poor access to Barnageeragh Beach,” said Cllr O’Leary after Monday night’s meeting.

Cllr O’Leary particularly welcomed the councils response to a motion calling for “the identification of a site in Castlelands, Balbriggan for the provision of an indoor swimming pool in the Castlelands Masterplan in 2021″

FCC confirmed it has commenced a project “to develop an indoor swimming pool facility on this site.”

Stating the project is still at an early stage and would “be subject to obtaining the necessary planning consents and securing the required funding”, FCC added it would commence “the procurement of a design and project management consultant in the coming months” and would liaise with key stakeholders including the community, Department of Sport, Swim Ireland elected representatives, and the Land Development Authority (LDA).

Future plans to provide a swimming pool would be considered with the future housing development and amenities at Castlelands, and the cost of a feasibility study, business planning and design would be included in the Council’s 2024 – 2026 capital plan. 

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